AAP Reports Publisher Revenues Up at the End of 2014

aap logoThe Association of American Publishers released its year end statistics this morning, and publishers ended the year with a bang.

The 1,209 trade publishers who contributed data to AAP collectively reported that their 2014 revenues were up 3.8% over 2013 and reached $7.2 billion, compared to $6.9 billion in 2013. eBook revenues were also up in 2014, beating the growth curve, but neither matched the ongoing growth of downloadable audio, which saw a 28.7% growth over 2013.

The adult trade segment defied the grown, dipping 1.4% to $4.7 billion. Kids/YA rose almost 21%, to $1.9 billion, while religious presses rose 1.3%, to $554 million.

In terms of formats, hardback sales dipped in 2014 while both eBook and paperback revenues increased. I know that sounds contradictory, given that trade ebooks are seen as the new paperback, but the AAP’s member publishers reported that revenues from paperback sales were up 8.3%, to $2.1 billion, while ebook revenues were up 4.7%, to $1.6 billion. Hardback sales dropped by half a percent, from $2.57 billion to $2.56 billion.

All in all, this was a bumper year for this part of the digital publishing industry.

aap year end 2014 stats



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Will Entrekin11 March, 2015

    Not to say that your headline is incorrect, but I wonder if it might be better rephrasing as “Publishers Report Their Revenues up to AAP,” considering the data is all self-reported? Just a thought.

  2. Kevin J waldroup12 March, 2015

    I think e books are New Hardback books.

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    1,209 trade publishers contributed data to AAP… Does anyone know what percent of the total market is this?

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